The latest launch event for the Excellence in Care (EIC) programme took place at Stracathro Hospital last week.
The event was well attended by staff who dropped in to see the poster display and various story boards during the afternoon. Associate Nurse Director Charles Sinclair opened the event, giving an overview of the EIC programme in Tayside, and project lead Audrey Fleming was also available to chat to staff and answer any questions about the programme.
The next launch event will be held on Friday, 9 March in the Parent Education Room in the Community Maternity Unit at PRI. It will follow the same format as previous launches with Nurse Director Gillian Costello opening the event at 1.30pm.
EIC is a national programme to equip NHS Boards, nurse leaders and service users with a mechanism for measuring and improving the impact of nursing and midwifery care.
In Tayside, EIC offers an opportunity for nurses and midwives to increase their understanding of the quality of the care they provide, celebrate good practice and highlight areas for improvement within their own sphere of influence.
The programme pulls together what nurses and midwives consider ‘business as usual’ and aspects of care that are important to them and patients, providing assurance to staff that the care they provide is safe, effective and person centred.
EIC also allows nurses and midwives to showcase and celebrate the excellent care they provide and demonstrate their unique role and impact within healthcare provision.
The programme will be implemented in Tayside following the launch events with work continuing up until at least March 2019.
In Tayside the programme lead is senior nurse practice development Audrey Fleming and programme support is provided by quality lead/practice development midwife Rebecca Karl.
Audrey explained, “Locally, a Programme Board meets monthly in order to shape how we will implement EIC in Tayside. Nurses and midwives from across all Directorates and HSCPs are represented. There is further representation from our nurses and midwives on a number of national groups that are developing the measures for EIC.
“Our focus at this time relates to effectively communicating information about EIC and engaging nurses and midwives with the programme. As measures are being developed, we will be seeking out willing nursing/midwifery teams to test those that are being proposed.
“Once measures are established, teams will use their results to focus on areas of practice that they would like to celebrate and those that they would like to improve on.
“A national team, comprising representation from the Chief Nursing Officer’s (CNO) office, Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) and National Services Scotland (NSS), co-ordinate the programme reporting progress through an organised structure with input from Scottish Executive Nurse Directors (SEND).
“NSS are developing and testing a dashboard to display results from agreed measures and some are ready to be populated now from existing systems, e.g. number of falls, number of pressure ulcers, NEWS compliance and workforce information. This will continue to grow as new measures are agreed and be refined in response to feedback from users.”
EIC will evidence the contribution of nurses and midwifes in achieving safe, effective, person centred care and will be a means for driving continuous quality improvement in NHS Scotland.
This will be achieved through the implementation of a framework and suite of measures for generic and specialty, professional and clinical, nursing and midwifery practice and through a commitment to investing in the development of quality improvement skills and knowledge across the nursing and midwifery workforce.
Many of the measures for EIC are already collected. The intention is to collect data once and use it for multiple purposes, using existing systems such as Datix, SSTS, to ensure that nurses and midwives have as little data collection responsibilities as possible.